1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

1997 Joseph Phelps Insignia Proprietary Red Wine Napa Valley

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96 Points Wine Spectator
96 Points Wine Advocate

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Based on 21 ratings

At the same sitting, we opened a 96 Opus and a 97 Insignia. Insignia blew doors on the Opus....

anniversary wine

We were told this would be a great wine, so we took it to Palm Springs and had it at our favorite restaurant (Andrieno's) for our 25th anniversary. It was truly wonderful, full and smooth with great berry aftertaste. we let it breathe about 30 minutes and really prefer it to the Silver Oak we had last year.


I just had a bottle the other day. It blew me away. This is not the single best Cali Cab/Cab blend I've had. But it is one of the best, and it does everything I want it to do. It has layers of fruit -- mostly dark, but with and overlaying barry component. It is aged in the right amount of high-quality oak for my tastes. And there is more than adequate earth and terrior subtlety. I had this two nights after a bottle of '99 Bryant (infanticide) and prefered this.

disagree with CNBClone

We had this wine the other night and it was delicious. Possibly the best Insignia ever made? Be patient as this will continue to evolve for many many years.

Very good wine.

Very well structured, sweet and deep wine but not yet reached to other classics. Needs additional patience for the flavor to come out from your palate. Very good wine.

My Insignia is better than yours..

I opened a bottle last night and I told that wine to jump high and it sure did!!

Very Good

This is a very good wine, but I prefer the 1995 Silver Oak.

Up and Coming

Excellent wine, but probably better with more time.

One to put DEEP in the Cellar!

Had this at Winery in July, 2000. Wine had just been opened. Very closed. Let it sit while we discussed with rep. After about 30 minutes, the wine began to show some berry and cigar notes. However this is going to need a long long time to mature. Not their best, especially at their price.

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Napa Valley 1997

The 1997 vintage was one that had Napa growers smiling from ear to ear. They brought in a large crop of excellent quality, with 144,000 tons harvested compared to an average of 121,000 tons over the preceding decade. The optimum growing conditions over the summer and through the harvest produced wines that are superbly concentrated, dense, rich, and powerful yet balanced.

The growing season got off to an early start with bud break coming a month early in the warm late-winter and spring conditions. The vines seemed to shrug off a little rain that fell in early June. The summer was warm but not too hot, with one heat spike in early August, followed by moderate to cool temperatures, to slow ripening. September conditions were excellent — the grapes had a long period of ripening without any heat spikes, allowing growers to wait to pick at optimum ripeness. It is one of the greatest vintages of the decade, with wines that are firmly in their prime today. They have incredible extract, depth, and structure, with solid, dense fruit centers to match.

Key Dates

Early bud break, due to dry spring

Unexpected rain had little to no effect


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